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DateOct 5, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeCat
Topicinsulin
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Question:

My cat has been diagnosed with diabetes. The vet has recommended twice /day insulin. That gets very expensive and difficult. I wanted to consult with another doctor for an opinion. I have a copy of his blood work I can send over. Thank you

Answer:

The vast majority of cats (like up in the upper 90%) will need insulin injections, at least initially. Unlike dogs, some cats, IF (and only if) they eat the prescription food for diabetic cats, are able to wean off of insulin eventually, but definitely start with injections because it improves your chance at remission.

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DateOct 2, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicWhat to feed him
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Question:

Is Blue Buffalo food good for diabetic dogs?

Answer:

Regular formulas of Blue Buffalo would not usually be recommended. Prescription diets formulated for diabetic dogs are usually ideal. Blue Buffalos prescription Weight Control diets may be ok, but it depends on many things (blood work, history, etc.) so consult your veterinarian, who has access to all of that information, for the best advice.

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DateSep 1, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
Topicquestion on product
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Question:

i saw an ipro pet glucose monitoring system on line. Isn't that just as effective as paying to have my dog in the clinic all day long with a huge vet bill? My dog has diabetes and my vet is suggesting very expensive monitoring systems and I am looking for a more cost efficient way to do the monitoring. thanks

Answer:

Your veterinarian's equiptment will more than likely be more expensive and more accurate. A lot of what you are paying for is for them to interpret the results and make a treatment plan. Doing it yourself is better than nothing (well, not always actually, like if you get the blood sugar too low) but working with your veterinarian is more ideal.

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DateAug 19, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeCat
TopicNot getting better
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Question:

His belly is tight and firm, bloated even, and his eyes are cloudy.

Answer:

I can't really tell exactly what is going on with him from that brief description, but it sounds like it would be ideal to have your veterinarian recheck him and run some blood work.

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DateAug 13, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicPrescription food
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Question:

Our dog (approximately 12 years old, Mountain Feist-similar to a Rat Terrier) has been diagnosed with diabetes. We're giving injections (2x/day, 6-7 units) and have found that her current food (Beyond, Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin recipe) was an issue. Our vet has mentioned an Rx food, but has yet to make a recommendation and we have been advised to not let her lose any more weight. In a bind here, can you please give us some sort of idea of what to order? Thank you.

Answer:

The prescription diets are ideal: Royal Canin Glycobalance or Purina DM are 2 good options.

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DateJun 25, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
TopicInsulin Injections, Difficult Dog
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Question:

I am desperate. I hope someone can help me. While I was helping my 92 year old mother recover from surgery, her dog was diagnosed with diabetes. He requires 2 insulin shots a day. The problem is that he makes it very difficult to administer the insulin. It’s becoming more difficult by the day. He is typically very gentle. However, a few days after starting his insulin regime, he became vicious at injection time. I have bite marks all over my hands and arms from him. I bought a muzzle. Now, he’s like a bucking bronco, jumping and flailing all over the place. I literally have bruises where he has collided with me. He whines and howls like he’s being skinned alive. It can take 40 minutes to give him the shot. He struggles so hard that he has bent and even broken the needle. I should add that he is a 11lb MiniPin! I have sought help from several local vets. They tell me it takes time. It’s been 6 weeks. I’d like to go home to my family. I can’t take Oliver myself because I have 2 special needs dogs; and we have just relocated and are renting a house while we look for a new home. Our lease only permits our current dogs. My mom is terrified to even help me because she sees how difficult it is to give him the shots. She has completely written him off, even though he has been her best buddy through my dad’s death and multiple other crises. She wants to put him down. She won’t consider giving him to someone who can care for him. She thinks that’d be cruel. The situation is getting more desperate because my family will be going on vacation in mid-July for 2 weeks. I’m afraid that if this issue isn’t resolved by then, it’s the end of the line for Oliver. Between Oliver, my mom, my job (I work remotely) and my family, I’m at the end of my rope. Please help!

Answer:

That is a very difficult situation, for sure. Here is a link to a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust about alternatives to insulin injections: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951502

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DateJun 6, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
TopicInsuline ve oral medication
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My large 27 # cat has Been diagnosed with diabetes. He is on one unit of insulin every 12 hours. After being on médication for 3 weeks and a restricted Diet has lost 2 #’s. My cat will only come to me and we have to leave for a few days. Could we stop his insulin for 4 days while we are gone and begin it when we get back since he is on such a low dose.

Answer:

I would definitely not do that. Talk to your veterinarian, who has access to all of his bloodwork, for the best advice.

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DateJun 3, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
TopicControlling diabetes with diet
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I have a daughter who is diabetic and carbs was her necessity what do you suggest feeding my 110ish pound yellow lab. Her sugar is high all the time! Did curve yesterday and lowest reading was in the 400's highest was too high for monitor to read! Just said HI. What foods do you recommend? Does she need fiber? protein? Help!

Answer:

The prescription diets from your veterinarian are going to be the best: Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D, Royal Canin Canine Diabetic Dog Food or Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Diabetes Management Dog Food.

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DateMay 11, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
TopicDog not responding to insulin
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11 yr Chi mix had pancreatitis, diabetes, kidney failure. 7 day hosp stay. Kidney tests then normalized. Now on Vetsulin, 6 units, b.i.d. Weighs 12kg. LOW carb/low fat diet. BG has not changed after 25 days on insulin. Lows 300/highs 600. Vet said he is establishing a curve. Will his numbers suddenly start coming down after all this time? Perhaps Vetsulin is not the right approach? Is there another modality of treatment? Higher dose? Different insulin? Additional shots? Any opinion would greatly help. Thank you!

Answer:

The curve, especially because it sounds like he hasn't had one, may help determine the best way to proceed (change insulin, increase dosage, look for other complicating factors, refer to a specialist, etc.).

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DateApr 1, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
TopicJoint & skin supplements
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Question:

My senior dog has type 1 diabetes. I have noticed ingredients such as cane molasses and sweet potato in the supplements. Is this Ok to give to a diabetic dog?

Answer:

It really depends on many variables (how many you are feeding, how big they are, how much your dog weighs, how well-controlled the diabetes is, how hard to regulate he was, what regular food he eats, how the rest of his blood work looks, etc etc.) so consult your veterinarian (who has access to all of that information) for the best advice.

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DateMar 28, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
Topicbiting
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Question:

How can I keep my dog from biting me when I give him a shot of insulin?

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All dogs are very different so speak directly and at length with your veterinarian to make a good, individualized plan for your dog.

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DateMar 28, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
Topicfood
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Question:

I've been feeding my dog prescription Royal Canine diabetic food, is there any thing else I can safely feed her?

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If your dog is well controlled, that food is the gold standard for diabetic dogs. There are a couple others that may work as well (Science Diet and Purina make prescription food for diabetic dogs) but they are equally as expensive.

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DateMar 12, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
TopicFlea treatment
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Can I use Harts flea treatment on my diabetic MinPin? She is doing well with insulin shots

Answer:

I wouldn't recommend that. Smaller dogs can be more sensitive to the active ingredient and it doesn't work very well. Nexgard and Bravecto work much better.

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DateMar 8, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
TopicBreath control, scratching and drops for dogs eues
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My dog is. Lhasa Apso and he will be 13 on 4/12. He was diagnosed with Cushing's 1/2020 currently on 30 ml Vetaryl once a fay.. diagnosed with diabetes 2/2021 currently in Vetsulin 15 units twice daily.. Royal canin is his food.. I need to know (1)what would be good for his bad breath, (2) what would be good for his allergies and scratching, (3) hrs showing signs of cataracts and what would be a good eye drop.. surgery at his age might be traumatic I believe ..,considering he has Cushing's and diabetes .. please help

Answer:

At his age, with everything he has going on, I would really need to review all of his blood work to really recommend anything specific for you so consult your veterinarian for the best advice. Unfortunately, there are no drops that help cataracts - getting his blood sugar under control will help them not progress so quickly though.

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DateFeb 24, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet Typenull
TopicHelp I think my cat has a urine infection
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Hi, I think my cat has a urine infection and she is too terrified of people and even the front door so I really am afraid to bring her to the vet, I am afraid she may have a heart attack if I bring her out, so I am wondering if I can get her medication she needs antibiotics maybe from an online vet? Will they prescribe medication ? Or is there vets that come to my place? Please help me, I am so ?????? Worried!! Ty very much

Answer:

It really would be ideal for a veterinarian to check her out, run some blood work and a urinalysis. The symptoms you are mentioning can have many underlying causes (urinary tract infection, crystal, diabetes, kidney disease, etc.) and all of these are treated entirely differently, so you really need a diagnosis. As far as a mobile veterinarian, you will have to look in your area - usually just googling "mobile veterinarian in city, state" for example will make them pop right up.

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